Coffee and Concert Series opens with bang

10/1/2009 - By: Jon Fortenbury

Students walking to the Joe Crowley Student Union stopped in their tracks to listen. Beautiful weather, beautiful music. Drinks in hand, the sun setting and friends to share the moment with. People were sitting in chairs, on the ground, on the wall or standing up; in whatever position and wherever they needed to be to enjoy the wonderful sounds of The Whitney Meyer Band.

As the band jammed through powerful pop-rock originals and well-performed covers, the crowd of about 45 students clearly loved it. The family trio ended the set with a James Brown song, exiting to loud applause.

On Sept. 22, The Whitney Meyer Band performed on the University of Nevada, Reno Starbucks patio. It was the first show in the “Coffee and Concert Series” for this year and a successful way to start off the series.

“I think this is going to be one of the best years we’ve had in the Coffee and Concert Series in a while,” said Casey Stiteler, director of programming for ASUN Flipside.

Every Tuesday at 7 p.m., ASUN Flipside puts on a concert. Depending on weather, the shows take place inside the University Starbucks or on the patio. The series is in its third year. The shows are free.

Danielle Daly, a 21-year-old from Lake Tahoe who is dual majoring in elementary and special education, has always enjoyed the series and its relaxing environment.

“It's always fun to be able to listen to live music and it's free,” Daly said. “Every week is unique with various artists and genres.”

The series features local and non-local music acts. Most nights will feature one musician for the duration of the show. There will be three open mics as well this semester.

Ricky De La Rosa, Flipside concerts chair, says the fact that students have the opportunity to meet with the musicians after the shows is amazing, especially since these artists usually play for huge crowds.

“It's a very special opportunity for students to see incredible artists in an intimate setting,” De La Rosa said.

For more information, go to the Nevada ASUN website.

The remaining fall semester series lineup:

  • Oct. 6: Micah Dahlberg and Andrea Hamilton
  • Oct. 13: Open Mic
  • Oct. 27: Mark Sexton
  • Nov. 3: Open Mic
  • Nov. 10: Junkyard Ghost Revival
  • Nov. 17: Jelly Bread
  • Nov. 24: Local Band Showcase
  • Dec. 1: Mieka Pauley

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